Our generation have experienced the rapid urbanisation of rural areas to keep up with the demands of our ever-growing population. As a result the lines between rural and urban environments have been blurred. The threshold between rural and urban areas is one of the few places where one slows down, takes a step back and admires city life from afar. The views from high hills overlooking cities are a product of the modern day yet they still arouse feelings such as joy or fear, which have been long associated with paintings from the 18th and 19th century. Thus, in some ways, the feelings experienced overlooking these views could be called ‘the modern sublime’
This academic year, I have been painting scenes of city life seen from rural areas and exploring how one can represent rural and urban realms through simple mark making.
The modern landscapes I have been creating are also my way of immortalising the feelings I experience when I stand at the top of high hill to view the bustling city in which I exist.